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Cub Scout Advancement Changes Effective December 1st

National has announced major changes to the Cub Advancment requirements - see the Advancement page for details

Taughannock District Day of Planning
January 14, 2017
Dryden Village Hall

Our annual Day of Planning is when the Taughannock District plans out its calendar for the next 18 months. We'll be reviewing the current schedule and setting new dates through July 2018. This is your chance to have an input on our District's goals and activities for the coming Scouting years!

For information, contact the District Chair at chair@TCScouts.org

Please note that the date of the planning day has been pushed back one week to avoid conflicting with Chenango District's planning day (our new DE covers both districts). 

Hiawatha District Mall Show - February 4th

Our neighboring district to the South is having a Mall Show and Pinewood Derby on February 4th at the Oakdale Mall.
For more information see our Activities page

2017 Journey to Excellence Worksheets are Available

You can find them on the Advancement and Recognition page

Taughannock District Welcomes its new
Senior District Executive and Cub Scout Associate

The Baden-Powell Council has appointed Christian Averill as Senior District Executive. He will be responsible for serving the both the Taughannock District (Tompkins and Cortland Counties) and the Chenango District (Chenango County), effective November 1st. He will be responsible for supporting the Boy Scout, Venturing, Exploring and Sea Scout programs in the two districts, as well as working with District-level volunteers on the District Committee and Commissioner Corps. Christian has been serving the Chenango District for some time as its DE. 

Stacy Hall is currently serving the Cub Scout programs in the two southern districts of the Baden-Powell Council - Hiawatha and Delahanna. She will be moving  back home to work in Taughannock and Chenango Districts as Cub Scout Associate, as soon as a replacement can be found in her present positions. This should be accomplished by the end of the year. 

Until our two new professionals are settled in, the Council Field Director, Frankie Sears, will continue to help with the district.

Both Christian and Stacy can be contacted through the DE@TCSCouts.org e-mail address. 

From Sea to Mountain Top: Ship 25's Summertime Adventure

From the ocean to the highest mountain peak in the northeast, Ship 25-NY enjoyed some true high adventure this summer. Twenty Two people traveled over an 8 day period enjoying adventures across Maine and New Hampshire.

Read more on the District Scrapbook!

Calling all Aviators!

Aviation Explorer Post 62 - East Hill Flying Club, Ithaca Airport

If you know anyone between 14-20 years old who is interested in flying, invite him or her to come to our meeting and join Post 62!

You can find more information and our annual calendar on our web page, and also on our Facebook page. For ongoing information,  join our Google Group. If you're interested, send an e-mail to Mike Brown or call 607-844-8584.  

Our Cub Scouts had a great time at 
"Camp Cretaceous" - 2016 Camp Barton Cub Resident Camp

Click on the picture or here for the whole story and more pictures!

Ship 25 at the NYGARD Regatta
Scotland, Maryland - May 28-30, 2016

The 51st annual NYGARD Regatta was held over Memorial weekend in Scotland, Maryland. 
Read more about it, with more pictures, on the District Scrapbook.

Announcing the 2017 Baden-Powell Council 
Okpik Cold Weather Camping Course
January 8 and February 10-12, 2017

See the Training page for details

Merit Badge Counselors: Renew Online

In late November, all Merit Badge Counselors received a letter from the Baden-Powell Council asking them to re-register. 
The letter said that counselors could re-register through the Council website. Counselors can also re-register through this website.
See the Advancement Page for instructions and a form. 

Venturing Leader Specific Training Released

From BSA National: 03/02/2016

Connecting volunteers to the learning content they need when they need it is the purpose of the new BSA LearnCenter. New Venturing content has been added to the learn center consisting of 14 e-learning modules. It provides training on key topics such as selecting youth officers, building a crew budget and annual program planning, making it possible for Venturing leaders to complete position specific training online.

Position specific training is delivered in three parts, or learning plans. Each learning plan is designed for the specific position and is recommended to be taken before the first meeting, within the first 30 days, and within 90 days. The training program is self-paced, allowing volunteers to complete their training at their own pace. 

Training is found on My.Scouting.Org under Home, My Dashboard, My Training, or, click the Position Specific Training image on the right side of the home page.

Are you getting The Link

The Baden-Powell Council has begun sending out a bi-weekly e-newsletter called The Link. 
If you did not receive a copy recently, then you should sign up through the Council to get on the mailing list!

Announcing the Troop 4 Centennial Good Turn Challenge!

 Since 1916, Troop 4 has been serving the Ithaca community. As a part of their centennial celebration this year, the Scouts of Troop 4 have committed to
complete 100 hours of service to their community. That’s 100 hours each! 

Further, Troop 4 is challenging the rest of the Taughannock District to join them in making a real difference in our communities during their centennial year.
If every Cub Scout, Boy Scout, Explorer, Venturer, and Scout leader in our district (not to mention every Commissioner and District person) joins Troop 4 (there are more than 700 of us, as of December 31st) , we can do thousands of acts of service this year. If only 500 of us did just 200 good turns each this year (roughly one every other day), that would be (hmmm, let me see… 500 x 200 = 100,000) ONE HUNDRED THOUSAND GOOD TURNS!

So, that’s the challenge:
One hundred thousand Good Turns in 2016! 

If every Scout did a good turn every day (hmmm… Do a Good Turn Daily - what a good idea!), then we’d blow that number away.

So, how do you go about participating? It’s easy. Do at least one good turn daily. It doesn’t matter if it’s 10 seconds or 10 hours, they all count! In fact, if you’re doing a service project, you can count each hour as a separate good turn. Keep track of how many good turns you and your Scouts do. 

Report your totals each month! It's easy - you can report them:

  • Write it down at Roundtable - we'll have a check-off sheet by unit, just enter the total number for your unit since the last time you reported.

  • By email to GoodTurn@TCScouts.org 

  • On our Track It Forward Good Turn website - just set up an account. After that you just enter a number, pull-down a menu for your unit, and you're done! Anyone can set up an account - we recommend one per unit, but if one of your Scouts or Venturers wants his or her own, go for it!

  • If you're entering a service project by your unit into the National Service Project tracking system, no need to do anything else - you're done! We'll get those numbers and count one Good Turn per person-hour. 

Watch the total climb until we meet the challenge!

Here’s the fine print: Stay tuned for further developments. We’re working on recognition for everyone who participates. We’re working on a list of what qualifies as a good turn, in case there’s a question. While we work on these things, we’re asking you and your Scouts (that means all of us, from our newest Tigers to senior citizen Scouts) to do a good turn daily, and to report a number of good turns that you do. Scout parents, too. Everyone can help!

We can and will make a difference. Scouting matters. Do your best!

Mike Homrighaus

BSA National Websites for Scouting Information and News

 Scoutingwire (not to be confused with Scout Wire) is a resource for all Scouters. The URL is http://scoutingwire.org/ and you can subscribe to regular updates. 

Scouters in Taughannock District units should consider signing up - it looks like it should be a great resource. The Winter issue of The Commissioner newsletter is one of the first articles.

You might also be interested in the blogs from BSA National:

BSA National's Recruiting Materials Website

Try http://www.scouting.org/Home/Marketing/Recruiting_Build.aspx
and http://scoutingwire.org/marketing-and-membership-hub/ 
for flyers, posters, cards, yard signs on the latest National BSA recruiting theme.
For the 2014 "Badge of Honor" materials, use  http://www.scouting.org/badgeofhonor.aspx

Materials to help with your unit's recruiting efforts

Peer-to-Peer Business Cards

The best recruiters for your unit are your present members! Prospective Cubs or Scouts will be much more likely to take a look at your unit if they're asked by someone their own age. National has provided forms for  Peer-to-Peer Business Cards you can use for your unit. Print these cards on pre-perforated Avery 8371 or Staples 12522 Business Cards or the equivalent, or print on plain 8½x11" card stock and cut them to size on a paper cutter. Hand them out to your youth members and let them give the cards to prospective recruits!

  • Cub Scout Peer-to-Peer Cards - two sided, the back side of these cards can be filled in with an invitation to a specific event PDF

  • Boy Scout Peer-to-Peer Cards - two sided, the back side of these cards can be filled in with an invitation to a specific event PDF

  • Happy Halloween Cub Scout Peer-to-Peer Cards - with Taughannock District website and e-mail - PDF

Ithaca School District Flyer Policy

All Ithaca units who are considering distributing flyers through the Ithaca School District should review the School District Flyer Policy.
Especially note the disclaimer which is required to be on every flyer

Advancement and Recognition News

  • Cub Advancement News: There were major changes effective December 1, 2016. See our Advancement page for more information. 
  • Scout Advancement News: 
    • 2016 Boy Scout Advancement Requirements will become mandatory as of January 1st! If you have any Scouts who are working to finish a badge under the old requirements, make sure they finish up before December 31st, or they will have to switch to the 2016 requirements. See our Advancement page for more information.
    • Life to Eagle Training will be offered at several roundtables throughout the year. See the Advancement Page for details.  
    • Merit Badge Counselor List: Download the latest list from the Advancement page
    • BSA introduced a number of new merit badges:  watch our Advancement page for details as they become available! 
      • Sustainability - released July 15, 2013

      • Programming - released July 15, 2013

      • Digital Technology (replacing Computers) - released April 16, 2014

      • Animation - released May, 2015

      • Mining in Society - released February 24, 2014

      • Signs, Signals and Codes - released February 26, 2015

Activity and Program News

See the Activities Page or Camping Page for information on upcoming events. 

We're off to the South Seas for our Winter Camporee!
January 21, 2017

See the Activity page for details

District News

  • District Day of Planning is coming up - January 14th - this is your chance to have an input into the District's future! 

  • Help Wanted - Experienced Scouters wanted for Taughannock District Committee positions. Openings in:

    • Activities (Cub, Scout and Venturing)

    • Advancement (Cub and Scout)

    • Finance

    • Membership

    • Commissioner Corps - especially Ithaca and Cortland

  • Long hours, no pay, great job satisfaction. This opportunity won't come again (until next week), so act NOW! Contact the District Executive or District Commissioner, or e-mail to info@TompkinsCortlandScouts.org 

Council News

Former B-P Council President Mark Kreibel 
is 2016 Silver Buffalo recipient

The 2016 Silver Buffalo Award class includes 13 Scouting volunteers whose contributions to our movement on a national level are deserving of the highest recognition the Boy Scouts of America can give to adults.

These 12 men and one woman join the prestigious list of Scouters who have received this award since 1926.

The list includes massive names in Scouting (Robert Baden-Powell, “Green Bar Bill” Hillcourt), Hollywood (Walt Disney, Jimmy Stewart), sports (Yogi Berra, Archie Manning) and politics (Gerald Ford, Lyndon B. Johnson).

And it also includes Scouters whose names you don’t know but whose impact you can see and feel.

The men and women who wear the Silver Buffalo pendant suspended from a red-and-white ribbon have diverse backgrounds but are united by their commitment to the Scouting movement.

As a Scouting volunteer for three decades, Mark Kriebel has lived out his belief that a single individual can change the life of a youth forever. In fact, he has changed the lives of thousands of youth, most of whom will never know his name.

Kriebel’s most visible service has involved jamborees. He has been a national jamboree subcamp, base camp and regional chief and twice served as a world jamboree regional chairman. In preparing for the first world jamboree after the 9/11 attacks, he worked tirelessly to assure parents that their children would be safe halfway around the world.

As the inaugural chairman of the BSA’s New Unit and Retention Committee, Kriebel oversaw development of the Unit Performance Guide, which unit-serving professionals across the country use to extend and strengthen the Scouting program.

Kriebel has also served as a regional vice president, area president and vice president, and council president and vice president. He has taught at the Philmont Training Center seven times and has served on countless camp visitation teams.

A lifelong Rotarian, Kriebel has spoken to clubs on six continents about how service to youth is critical to Rotary’s success. He is the incoming president of the International Fellowship of Scouting Rotarians, which promotes cooperation between Rotary and Scouting.

A Distinguished Eagle Scout and Order of the Arrow Vigil member, Kriebel has received the Silver Beaver and Silver Antelope awards. He is a James E. West Fellow.

Kriebel is the president of Arranged Sound Inc. He holds a bachelor degree in communications from Ithaca College.

Kriebel and his wife, Pat, have two children (including one Eagle Scout) and two grandchildren.


See the Baden-Powell Council website

National and International News

BSA Announces two new members of the National Key 3

At the Annual Meeting in May, the Boy Scouts of America announced that new a National President and National Commissioner would be taking office. 

Randall Stephenson, 
BSA's 36th national president.

Stephenson, in the BSA’s official release about his election, called the BSA “one of the best character-building and leadership development organizations in the world.”

“The values Scouts learn as young men — integrity, selflessness and self-reliance — are fundamental to a strong, healthy society,” he said. “It’s no surprise that so many of America’s leaders, in every field of endeavor and from all walks of life, have Scouting in their backgrounds.”

Stephenson, in his volunteer role, joins Chief Scout Executive Mike Surbaugh and National Commissioner Charles Dahlquist to form the National Key 3.

Stephenson takes the leadership baton from former defense secretary Dr. Robert M. Gates and will serve two consecutive one-year terms. Stephenson has been a friend of Scouting and pivotal BSA leader for some time. He joined the BSA National Executive Board in 2005 and became a member of the executive committee in 2008.

He served as chairman of the 2013 National Jamboree — the first at the Summit Bechtel Reserve in West Virginia.

Surbaugh thanked Gates for his leadership, saying “we will remain eternally grateful to you and your unwavering leadership and commitment to Scouting.”

Surbaugh then expressed his enthusiasm for working with Stephenson over the next two years.

“Moving forward in our mission to serve America’s youth by teaching them leadership and developing their character, Mr. Stephenson is a shining example,” Surbaugh said. “As the leader of one of the world’s most innovative communications companies, Mr. Stephenson will help us fuel our effort to bring fresh, relevant and high impact experiences to youth and families.”

Charles W. Dahlquist
BSA's Tenth National Commissioner

The transition of a National Commissioner is rarer than that of National President and Chief Scout Executive. In fact, Mr. Dahlquist becomes only the tenth National Commissioner in the movement’s history, following Tico Perez, who previously served in the role for eight years. In this volunteer role, Mr. Dahlquist will lead efforts to help chartered organizations and BSA leadership achieve the aims of Scouting to benefit 2.3 million youth members the BSA serves today. 

A member of the National Executive Board from 2004 – 2009 and again commencing in 2015, Mr. Dahlquist began his adult service to the BSA in 1975 when he became a Unit Commissioner in the National Capitol Area Council. He was also a Cub Scout, Boy Scout and Explorer in Boise, Idaho as a youth. Dahlquist is a former Scoutmaster and Explorer adviser and has also served as vice president of Exploring and as Council President of the Great Salt Lake Council of the BSA. He has previously received the Silver Beaver, Silver Antelope and Silver Buffalo awards as well as the National Venturing Service Award and served as assistant head chaplain and head chaplain for the 2005 and 2010 National Scout Jamborees, respectively; as well as the contingent chair for the BSA’s participation in the 2015 World Scout Jamboree in Japan.

“Scouting, in all its programs, is more relevant and needed by youth and families today than ever before to help develop character and leadership that will empower this generation to face the challenges of the future.” said Mr. Dahlquist. “I am honored to build on the tradition that Tico Perez established before me to serve as the National Commissioner to continue to strengthen the bonds between the Boy Scouts of America and our charter organizations that deliver the program in communities nationwide.”

A Utah native, attorney and civic and community leader, Charles Dahlquist has also served as Young Men General President of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Chair of the General Church Scouting Committee from 2004-2009 and served as a Mission President for the LDS Church in the Germany Hamburg Mission.

“The energy that Charles Dahlquist brings as the incoming National Commissioner uniquely reflects his deep understanding of the instrumental role our many valued charter partners play in bringing Scouting to life for youth across America,” said Mike Surbaugh, BSA’s Chief Scout Executive. “We look forward to the powerful impact we know Charles will have in this role as he further grows and strengthens relationships with our charter partners.”

Mr. Dahlquist assumes the position as national commissioner immediately.

What's New? Updated Content on the District Website

  • December 28, 2015 - The Council Merit Badge Counselor list on the Advancement Page was updated

  • January 9, 2016 

  • January 20: 

  • March 1:

  • March 23: Note on updated requirements for Cooking Merit Badge

  • April 17: Added pictures from Awards Social to Scrapbook

  • May 22: Added photos from Fly-o-Ree

  • June 2: Added information on new Field Director, Silver Buffalo Mark Kreibel, Field Director Frankie Sears, link to online renewal for Merit Badge Counselors; also added Dave Gross' photos from Fly-o-Ree

  • June 16: Added photos from Ship 25's NYGARD Regatta

  • Sept 10: Added photos from Cub Resident Camp

  • Sept 14: Added information about the Fall Camporee - Added page for Post 62

  • October 18th - Added photos and story about Ship 25's summer activities to Scrapbook 

  • November 18th - New content on Advancement Page:  Merit Badge Counselor list updated - added links to 2017 Journey to Excellence worksheets

Ever wonder how many different Council and District patches we've had? 

Is your collection complete? Mine isn't, but it's close. Take a look at this page and see which you're missing (or I am).

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